Mao's Last DancerCondition: Very good
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Li Cunxin was born into desperate poverty, the sixth of seven sons in a Chinese peasant family in Mao's China in the 1960s. At age 11 he was selected to attend Madame Mao's dance academy in Beijing. This autobiography describes the circumstances of his growing up in Qingdao, the harsh training at the dance academy, his eventual international recognition achieved through his determination and growing love of ballet, and his escape to America in the early 1980s. Li's life story is an amazing one, highlighted by both luck and tremendous hard work. The pacing of the book is a little slow at times but the almost-unbelievable twists and turns of fate combined with Li's naivete, humility, good humour, and great love for his family and teachers make it well worth reading.